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Publix Settles into Greensboro for Its $400 Million Distribution Center

Publix Settles into Greensboro for Its $400 Million Distribution Center

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Earlier this year, Publix was still on the hunt for a location for a new distribution center. This week, the grocer announced that it is zeroing in on Greensboro, North Carolina, for its $400-million-dollar project slated to finish by 2022. The 1.8 million-square-foot dry and refrigerated goods facility will support the delivery of grocery items to Publix locations in North and South Carolina and Virginia.

Todd Jones, CEO and President, Publix“As a proud community supporter, Publix is excited to create hundreds of new employment opportunities and to help provide for greater economic prosperity in Guilford County,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones in a press release. “We appreciate the hard work of Governor Cooper and all those involved in making this distribution center possible.”

According to the Triad Business Journal, Greensboro, North Carolina, beat out fellow top contender Cherokee, South Carolina, as the site for what is proving to be the largest distribution facility in the region. The facility will sit on 350 acres in Guilford County, near Birch Creek Road and U.S. 70, and will create more than 1,000 jobs for the region by 2025.

North Carolina's Department of Commerce noted in a project summary that "the major factors influencing the site location decision includes land and development costs, access to the Project Sky service region, campus vs. separated footprints, and incentives available to offset the cost of the expansion."

Roy Cooper, Governor, North Carolina"Publix recognizes North Carolina’s commitment to helping businesses and employees thrive, and they trust our workers to fill up to 1,000 new jobs,” said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. “We will keep making sure our workforce has the capacity to excel and meet the needs of Publix and other quickly growing businesses in North Carolina.”

Publix will invest $300 million in the first phase of its 1.8-million-square-foot distribution center

The project was approved by North Carolina’s Economic Investment Committee, and the state will provide a $15.9 million incentive package, which includes $1.3 million in training grants and $1.5 million for the state’s utility account.

According to a press release, Publix expects to invest up to $300 million in the first phase of the project.

Will Publix's new distribution center bolster the retailer's expansion on the East Coast? Deli Market News will continue to report.